YMMV / The Mountain Goats

  • Archive Panic: Seventeen studio albums, three compilations, numerous singles and EP releases, many tour-exclusive or otherwise rare, as well as multiple songs never officially recorded...
    • To add to it, Darnielle will occasionally do things like hold auctions to sell cassettes that have no copies to raise money for charity.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The rarely-performed "Going to Dade County", in which the husband of the Alpha Couple watches the wife turn into a housecat. You think that we're making this up to amuse ourselves, or to amuse you, but you are wrong.
  • Broken Base: A dwindling but still-vocal contingent holds the early super-lo-fi recordings above latter-day studio work.
  • Covered Up: Some fans may not realize live favourite "Houseguest" is actually by keyboardist Franklin Bruno's other band, Nothing Painted Blue.
    • Their cover of Trembling Blue Stars' "Sometimes I Still Feel the Bruise" has over four times as many views on YouTube as the original, putting it in this territory as well.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: Seeing John dressed up as CM Punk in the video for "The Legend of Chavo Guerrero" is pretty damn hilarious.
    • Someone from the US House Of Representatives edited the Mountain Goat's Wikipedia page to describe the band as "nice boys who make the good, rocking tunes". It's now their bio on Twitter.
  • Genius Bonus: John Darnielle is one of the most well-read singers in music. He's written songs about everything from HP Lovecraft to obscure boxing champs to minor Greek political events.note 
  • Growing the Beard: The Hound Chronicles is considered (even by Darnielle himself) to be the beginning of the signature Mountain Goats style, while Taboo VI: The Homecoming is... rougher.
  • Painful Rhyme: Apparently, in the song "Indonesia", John almost rhymed the title with the word 'Rafflesia' (a flower that grows in said country).
  • Tear Jerker: Dozens.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: See Broken Base.